Maria Carnovale is a Lead Policy Analyst at the Duke Initiative for Science and Society where she studies current policies related to Data Security and Emerging Technology in collaboration with the Duke Center for Science at Technology Policy. Her work focuses on the social and ethical implications of recent technology and privacy regulation. At the Carr Center, Maria will continue her work on the complex social dynamics that shape policy decision-making over controversial technology adoption, such as the adoption of surveillance technology, and how to structure human rights protection in the era of pervasive technology.
After receiving her PhD in Public Policy from the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy, Maria joined the Johns Hopkins School of Advance International Studies as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Her PhD and postdoctoral research studied market power in the platform economy, an economy dominated by large intermediaries. It shows how market power of large intermediaries alters the distributional effects of policies meant to protect vulnerable groups — like production workers. The genesis of this work was conceived during her internship at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and it combined her policy outlook with the economic thinking on the impact of technological innovation gained through the MS in Economics and Management of Innovation and Technology from Università Bocconi, in Milan, Italy.